On a recent visit to French Creek State Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, we learned a little history about Pennsylvania and Early America. Back in the late 1700’s to early 1800’s, Hopewell Furnace played an important role in iron production for the U.S and the forest provided the lumber needed to produce charcoal which fed the iron furnaces.
It was a self-sustaining village with everything they needed for survival and production of iron right there. Overall, It was a very interesting visit and we enjoyed walking through the historic village preserved by the National Park Service.
And there’s pictures!
Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site (photos)
You can learn more about the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site on the National Park Service website or by visiting in person. It really is worth the visit!
Hiking in French Creek State Park (photos)
Our main reason for visiting French Creek was to camp and hike…. which we did beginning with the Boone trail and parts of other trails. I honestly can’t remember which ones since I basically just followed Craig 😉 Here are some photos from our hike!
You can learn more about French Creek State Park on the Pennsylvania DCNR website. I highly recommend a visit as there is so much more to explore.